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José Mijares (Cuban, b.1921 d.2004) began his artistic studies in 1936 at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana, studying with such prominent professors as Fidelio Ponce de León (1895–1949), whom he later recognized as the most influential in his career. In 1943 one of Mijares’s works was included in the First Anti-Fascist Salon, along with Wifredo Lam’s works. While Mijares began to paint in the figurative tradition, he embraced Concrete art in the early 1950s and then became an integral member of the group Los Diez Pintores Concretos when it formed in 1959. As eloquently demonstrated by Untitled (1966), the artist fused concrete forms with organic elements, evocative of Caribbean colonial architectural patterns, to produce interlaced, rhythmic, chromatic shapes. Despite the challenging art scene in Havana during the 1950s, Mijares achieved international recognition for his explorations of Geometric Abstraction. He was appointed to the position of professor at the same school he attended, but he resigned after Fidel Castro came to power and moved to Miami in 1968. The new environment influenced Mijares’s style, as he returned to figurative painting and to frequently employing the color blue.

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This will be Lot #15 in the Live Auction.

Untitled, 1966
Lot Number 16
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)
Courtesy of Francisco Arevalo

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  • Dimensions
    36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)